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FIER-DOC French Innovative Experience in Research - the "n+i" network programme

The FIER-DOC French Innovative Experience in Research programme is aimed at candidates who are completing a Master (or who have already got one)  and who want to acquire knowledge and experience in the management of "research projects" and eventually to pursue on a doctoral thesis.


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Course of the program

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To acquire the skills required to manage research projects (patents, intellectual property, ethics, contract drafting, project management, communication, etc.) useful to any future manager of applied research programs and to participate in a unique research experience in France.

As for future PhD students :
For applicants :

  • to estimate the doctoral thesis that will be asked and to discover the living environment in France (housing, children's education, culture, tourism...),
  • to get a research experience in France.

For the thesis supervisor and the research team: to test the scientific competence and experimental skills of the applicant and his ability to adapt to the work and methods of the laboratory.

The training program taught in english will focus on the following points:

  • Cultural immersion and visits;
  • Language discovery;
  • Visits to research laboratories and industrial sites;
  • Training seminar in "international research skills".


Academic prerequisite

This program is open to professional applicants or students graduated or ending their Master who wish:

  • To acquire a unique research experience in France;
  • Or to pursue a Doctorate in science, technology and engineering in France.

Application requirements

  • Applicants must be studying or already graduated in a Master;
  • English level B2 minimum;
  • no minimum level of French required.

Application procedure

  • step 1: Online enrolment (see schedule) on the www.nplusi.com website;
  • step 2: Interview (online) between the applicant and the laboratories team;
  • step 3: Preliminary acceptance of the application dossier and formal offer of welcome in a French laboratory.

Course of the program

Training: 2 months in Paris

  • Personalized welcome on arrival in France (transfer, guaranteed accommodation, insurances on request, etc.);
  • Introductory tour of Paris;
  • Completing all administrative formalities;
  • Training in the management of research activities, organised by Network "n+i".

Research: 3 months or more in a laboratory

  • Settling into the host laboratory and city;
  • Presentation of the laboratory (site, equipment, operation) and its general research policies;
  • Participation of the candidate in laboratory research programmes and participation in conferences.

Seminar: 2 days in Paris

  • Presentation of results before a jury with delivery of a progress report;
  • Validation of international experience in France, issuing by a certificate (30 ECTS).

NOTE : Following the seminar two possibilities:
>> Return to the country of origin
>> Enrolment in Doctorate (conditional)

Information & registration

ATTENTION : Doctoral candidates currently working in France are allowed to participate to the 2 months seminar ONLY  (in english), as a part of their doctoral training course.


Arts et Métiers Paris 153 Boulevard de l’Hôpital 75013 Paris


Program total duration : 5 months

Seminar duration : 2 months


RECRUITMENT for Spring Session 2019
June, 15th: deadline for application and validation
September, 15th: online offers of labs to candidates
December, 31st: deadline for payments
February 1st - March 31st: FIER-DOC Seminar at ENSAM
April 1st - June 27th: internship in a research lab
June 28th – 30th: end of FIER-DOC, final seminar at ENSAM


Seminary fees (2 months)  : 2 000 € * (exclusive of subsistence costs, insurance, plane tickets, visas)

Complete program fees (5 mois)  : 8 500 € * (exclusive of subsistence costs, insurance, plane tickets, visas)

* Price on 01/06/2016 may be subject to change

Info & registration

For any question related to the FIER-DOC program, please send your contact information at fier-doc@nplusi.com